Why Women Shouldn’t Count the Calories

When it comes to weight, the fault lies not with calories, but body stagnation.

No matter what the beauty articles say, there is no objective body type that is synonymous with perfection. Being too conscious of your weight through calorie intake is not as healthy as you might think. To put it bluntly, calories are found in everything we eat, and you lose them just by moving. They are used to maintain your organ’s functions and provide you with the energy you need to make it through the day. Instead of depriving yourself of meals and feeling empty later, opt for a different approach. First, focus on acquiring a proper diet that will fill your body with the nutrients it needs to be healthy. It does not have to be a full vegan regime, nor does it mean that you have to give up life’s savory cuisine. The two keys to health are moderation and priority.

Everyone’s bodies are different, as are their needs and activities. Low-calorie diets are not ideal for those in professions that require strenuous movement and for people with a high metabolism.The way bodies process food makes it more complicated than simply remembering the nutrition facts of the product you consumed. Nothing is absolute in the game of gains, and no calculator can accurately tell you the number of calories one meal has. Being too critical of your intake can also mess up your body’s recovery and might induce nutrient deficiency through improper eating habits. At worst, diet obsession can transform you into an anorexic.

If your focus for losing weight is for health reasons, stay body positive and focus on making those calories work. If your day-to-day life is comprised of sitting in a chair all day with only 15 minutes worth of walking, then it is best to combine that with a low calorie diet. Have your eating habits adapt to your lifestyle, and in time you will eventually get used to your imposed practice. On the other hand, if you are in the weight game for beauty goals, just remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and beauty standards set by society are arbitrary. For example, in the 1930s, American women had more athletic and able bodies. This lasted until the early 1940s, when the more traditional feminine fashion made its return. Decades later, the mass marketing for the ‘thin ideal’ spread throughout magazine ads, popularizing slim ladies over bubbly chubbies. The present day standards have become more inclusive and less discriminatory, with progressive movements promoting body positivity to contrast the beach body and supermodel propaganda of the past generations.

Loving yourself is in body and mind is more important than trying to drastically change your physical looks. Focus on being nutritionally healthy rather than looking like it. It will boost your confidence far better than starving yourself of good food and a good life.

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